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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 28, 2012 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Personal Farewell to the French

skies--WTF?! You forgot to mention it's all my fault (BD's misbehavioUr). I tried to control him, and failed, just as I tried to serve my Forum in the spirit of John Adams rather than Ben Franklin (recall that Adams disliked the French, while Ben was all over them...ahem).

I'll leave you with this quote from JA: "science rules" (I paraphrase). [Though I probably spent to much time in the Netherlands, I did put my time to good use with respect to my son, JQA, having the once in a life time opportunity for education, visiting the Russian Bear, and in general, falling in love with the Romance Languages.]

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 28, 2012 7:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Personal Farewell to the French

The best JA quote, of course, is a perfect one to have handy for the forum: "I'm obnoxious and disliked." If I can trust my source.

Sadly, this appears to be one of the few things in the universe not on YouTube -- the movie version, that is (there are a gazillion community theater version) -- so I have to resort to copy and paste:

Franklin:
Mr. Adams, I say you should write it
To your legal mind and brilliance we defer

Adams:
Is that so? Well, if I'm the one to do it
They'll run their quill pens through it
I'm obnoxious and disliked, you know that, sir

Franklin:
Yes, I know

Adams:
So I say you should write it Franklin, yes you

Franklin:
Hell, no!

Adams:
Yes, you, Dr. Franklin, you
but, you, but, you, but

Franklin:
Mr. Adams, but, Mr. Adams
The things I write are only light extemporania
I won't put politics on paper; it's a mania
So I refuse to use the pen in Pennsylvania

Others:
Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, refuse to use the pen

Adams:
Mr. Sherman, I say you should write it
You are never controversial as it were

Sherman:
That is true

Adams:
Whereas if I'm the one to do it
They'll run their quill pens through it
I'm obnoxious and disliked, you know that, sir

Sherman:
Yes, I do

Adams:
So I say you should write it, Sherman, yes you

Sherman:
Good heavens, no!

Adams:
Yes you, Roger Sherman, you
but, you, but, you, but

Sherman:
Mr. Adams, but, Mr. Adams
I cannot write with any style or proper etiquette
I don't know a participle from a predicate
I am just a simple cobbler from Connecticut

Others:
Connecticut, Connecticut, a simple cobbler he

Adams:
Mr. Livingston, maybe you should write it
You have many friends and you're a diplomat

Franklin:
Oh, that word!

Adams:
Whereas if I'm the one to do it
They'll run their quill pens through it

Others:
He's obnoxious and disliked; did you know that?
Livingston:
I hadn't heard

Adams:
So I say you should write it, Robert, yes you
Livingston:
Not me, Johnny!

Adams:
Yes you, Robert Livingston, you
but you but you but

Livingston:
Mr. Adams, dear Mr. Adams
I've been presented with a new son by the noble stork
So I am going home to celebrate and pop the cork
With all the Livingstons together back in old New York

Others:
New York, New York, Livingston's going to pop a cork

Jefferson:
Mr. Adams, leave me alone!

Adams:
Mr. Jefferson, dear Mr. Jefferson
I'm only 41; I still have my virility
And I can romp through Cupid's Grove with great agility
But life is more than sexual combustibility

Others:
Combustibility, combustibility, combustibili...

Jefferson:
Mr. Adams, damn you Mr. Adams
You're obnoxious and disliked; that cannot be denied
Once again you stand between me and my lovely bride
Oh, Mr. Adams, you are driving me to homicide!

Others:
Homicide, homicide, we may see murder yet!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Apr 28, 2012 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Personal Farewell to the French

'Think I'll saddle up my frog and get out of here."

Which is more the kind of JA quote that generally comes to my mind, and maybe even somewhat apropos in a continuation of the strangled franglais faux sympathetic departure theme. N'est ce pas, Tell, mon brave?

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